Navigating marriage counseling

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Marriage Counseling, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you have been married for one year or over 50, you may benefit from marriage counseling. Marriage counseling can help relieve every-day stressors that wear down even a solid, happy marriage. If you want to rekindle your relationship, you should consider seeking the help of a qualified professional like Kathleen Snyder, a licensed a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas.

If you’re having trouble remembering and rekindling the love and connection you had at the beginning of your relationship, stress might be the culprit. Snyder explains that stress responses cause a “pressure-withdraw or attack-defend” mechanism that creates a vicious cycle. You might not even recognize your partner anymore from the person you first fell in love with.

While things may seem daunting, there is a very good chance that you can rekindle the love and connection you once enjoyed. The key, Snyder explains, is breaking the stress cycle that has hijacked your interactions. By doing so, you can not only repair any damage done but also provide space for friendship and intimacy to grow.

Marriage therapists like Snyder can help break this negative stress cycle by nurturing interactions that help build intimacy and connection. Once you break free from the stress cycle, you will be able to accurately respond to and recognize each other’s needs, creating a stronger, loving connection. This experience can help you not only rekindle the lost love but also reach new heights.

One way to rekindle your marriage is to learn how to fight fair. Start by maintaining control of the situation. Before you lose your temper, take a step back and call for a “time out.” This much needed pause could help you cool off before you say something you regret.

Second, make sure you never interrupt your partner. Interrupting not only shows that you’re not listening, but also signifies that you are trying to control the conversation. According to therapists, interrupting illustrates how you are “listening to respond rather than to understand.” One tactic to avoid interrupting is to use a specific object to signify whose turn it is to speak.

Third, do not bring up past hurts. If you are constantly bringing up old grudges, there may be underlying issues of unforgiveness, according to therapists Casey Caston. While it may be tempting to bring up the past, it is more effective to focus on the singular issue at hand.

Fourth, avoid criticism, which deteriorates a relationship. Like bringing up past hurts, criticism simply illustrates how you have made the argument personal rather than working to fix the problem.

Finally, be sure to apologize often. It is critical that you understand when and how you need to take responsibility for hurting your partner to resolve the conflict. Apologizing allows you to rebuild a connection and trust, the foundations of a strong marriage.

To recap, you can fight fair by staying calm, not interrupting, focusing on the single issue at hand, not lashing out, and apologizing. These tactics can help restore faith within a relationship. Consider talking to an experienced marriage counselor if you’re having any issues in your marriage.

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What Can Content Writing Do for My Business?

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Online Content | 0 comments

Just about every successful business these days has an online presence. After all, most social media accounts can be created free of charge. A website domain won’t cut pockets in terms of expenses. In fact, creating websites that adhere to the trendiest aesthetic are investments that are taken very seriously. A branding team can spend weeks just trying to decide on a tag line and a color palette that can really make your brand stand out.

However, a fish can nibble around the bait without getting hooked – and do you really want to throw a line out there with the intention of never getting a catch?

That’s where content writing comes in. When all is said and done, when you have your website and your social media accounts, it all comes down to this: then what? What does your website have besides all its expensively installed and coded features? What is the point of your social media accounts more than just to simply exist for the sake of it?

The content you’re able to produce is the meat on the bone, so to speak. Anything can be made to look good but there’s a reason why Shakespeare and Tolstoy can live forever while a bad copy can simply be just another voice screaming into an empty void. According to the website of Kinetic Word, a website can get thousands of hits per day and never actually attract new business, simply because the content there offered nothing new. Bad copy can render your website and social media strategy as invalid and moot.

There’s a lyric from a Maroon 5 song that can perfectly describe this scenario: you’re perfect on the outside but nothing at the core.

This is the year 2015, after all. The masses today are more interested in fact and conversation than they are at being mindlessly sold things with catchy one-liners with no real information behind it. There have been too many scams and trends. They have the information of all of human history at the palms of their hands.

What good content can do for your business, you may ask. For a start, investing in good content can save it from sinking under, for a start. It can inspire conversation between you and your prospective client, allowing for there to be a trustworthy relationship from the get-go, and you can get to know each other from there. Today’s audiences like to be wooed and courted before they can take anything to the next level. Building a solid foundation with concrete content is the first good step to that.

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How Anti-Nausea Drug Zofran Causes Birth Defects

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The drug Zofran, also referred to by its generic name Ondansetron, was originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat nausea and vomiting from surgical procedures and chemotherapy and other cancer medications. However, the drug’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, has been promoting its off-label use for pregnant women looking to alleviate symptoms caused by morning sickness.

Zofran works by inhibiting the transmission of serotonin, which is a substance responsible for triggering nausea and vomiting. While it proves to be an effective way to alleviate these symptoms, its use during pregnancy could lead to dangerous risks. In recent years, mothers have come forward and filed lawsuits claiming that the drug has caused birth defects in their children.

According to Zofran attorneys, there are two likely reasons why the drug could cause birth defects. One of the reasons is because Zofran works by altering the body’s natural production of serotonin. This classifies it as a serotonergic, sharing similar properties with drugs like Paxil and Zoloft which are known risks to fetal development. The Zofran attorneys also note that there have been studies that show the drug is a highly soluble in lipids. Compounds like these can pass through the woman’s placenta easily, possibly endangering the development of the fetus.

Pregnancy related sickness can be very difficult to deal with, and women should be able to take care of themselves while their bodies go through different changes. However, they must also be assured of the safety of their unborn child. While taking Zofran might help alleviate their symptoms, it also poses dangerous risks that would be difficult to gamble with.

If you suspect that Zofran might be the reason behind your child’s current health issues, it may be time to seek out legal counsel and gather necessary information Discuss your options with an experienced Zofran lawsuit attorney to learn more.

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Choosing the Right Personal Injury Lawyer

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

It seems that anybody and everybody can sue everybody else for personal injury for almost anything in the US. This is because US tort laws are well developed in the country, designed to protect its citizens from wrongful acts of third parties. However, even though there are a huge number of personal injury lawsuits filed, most of them are dismissed or do not prosper in favor of the plaintiff. Some because the case has not merit, but quite a few because the case was not properly prepared or presented. This is why choosing the right personal injury lawyer is so important.

Do an online search for personal injury lawyers Indiana and you will be presented with more than a million results. The choices can be overwhelming, and it can be fatally easy to make the wrong one. Many law firms will assert this and promise that, but it all boils down to one thing: expertise. Without an experienced lawyer potential personal injury compensation can decrease dramatically. 

According to the website of Hankey Law Office P.C., personal injury law is complicated even when applied to a straightforward case where there is glaring evidence of negligence by a distinct third party; more so when the case is complicated with multiple defendants. There is also the problem of state-specific laws; not all lawyers will be as cognizant of the finer points of the law as they should be for maximum effectiveness in representation.

When choosing the right personal injury lawyer, you will want to check on how good the lawyer is. You can usually do this by looking into the type of cases they have handled, the outcome of these cases, and the qualifications of the lawyer.

When choosing a personal injury lawyer, don’t get carried away by the hype. Look at the track record and the cases they handle, and determine if they will be a right fit for you by scheduling an initial consultation. This is often for free and carries no commitments.

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Probation Violation in Florida

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Criminal Laws | 0 comments

Any state court judge can grant probation to a defendant in a criminal case except where expressly forbidden in Florida statutes, such as cases punishable by death. When you are given probation, the assumption is that close supervision is all that is warranted, and provided that the defendant follows the terms of the probation within the prescribed period, the sentence is considered served.

However, violating probation may then subject the defendant to the maximum jail time that would have been in force at the time of sentencing or whatever punishment the court decides is appropriate. This is bad, but a competent Fort Walton Beach criminal defense lawyer can help improve the outcome depending on the facts of the violation.

There are two major types of violations for probation, substantive and technical. In general, substantive violations are when the defendant commits another new crime on top of the one for which the defendant was placed in probation for. A technical violation is when the probationer fails to fulfill one or more court-ordered terms of the probation such as failing to complete a mandatory rehabilitation program (drug or alcohol), or failing to inform the probation officer of a change of address.

Under Florida law, the court has discretionary powers when it comes to sanctions for probation violations, and the judge may consider extenuating circumstances for say failing to report to the probation officer at the designated intervals i.e. seriously injured in an accident. But whatever the reason, it is a serious matter that needs to be addressed with the help of a skilled criminal defense lawyer.

Failing to give it the importance it deserves can result in major problems that will be difficult, if not impossible to rectify. If you are charged with violating your probation, engage the services of a criminal defense lawyer in your area to make sure that your rights are protected, especially if the charge is false or misplaced.

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Bankruptcy or Debt Settlement: Legal Solutions to Unmanageable Debts

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

Being weighed down by debts is a stressful and worry-filled life to live. Major changes in one’s financial situation due to the economy, which greatly affects his/her financial circumstances, can only result to unpaid bills that continue to accrue interests. Despite that fact that no individual can lose his/her rights as a consumer, failure to pay bills (for at least six months) will render the amount owed as bad debt and the debtor, incurring negative credit.

Consulting with a highly-qualified bankruptcy lawyer when things go financially out of hand would be one advisable move. He or she will inform you of the different legal solutions that will help solve your financial woes, whether as an individual or a business owner. Your lawyer may advise you to file for debt settlement, which can render all of your debts or a part of these forgiven and erased by your creditor/s. Or you may be advised to file for bankruptcy, which may also erase some debts, allow you to liquidate your assets/properties to pay these off or which may give you enough time (three to five years) to pay your creditors.

Whatever you will be wisely advised to file for, here are some of the advantages or disadvantages of these options:

Debt Settlement: you will still have to pay your debts, but which has already been reduced to more than half (sometimes, debts are forgiven altogether). The advantages of debt settlement include:

  • No need to file for bankruptcy, which means less impact your credit report and no need to file and attend any time-consuming litigation processes which is part of the bankruptcy procedure
  • You can make a single, lump sum payment to your creditor/s, saving you from further worries over monthly payment dues (and interests)
  • Upon filing of debt settlement, a letter will be sent by your lawyer to your creditors, asking them to stop all forms of collection and harassment from debt collectors
  • You will never have to worry about lawsuits that may put a lien on any of your properties, put a levy on your savings account or have your wages garnished

The disadvantages associated with debt settlement include:

  • A decline in your credit score, but which is already a result of non-payment of debts for at least six months, maybe long before you file for the settlement
  • The need to pay taxes due to the amount forgiven by your creditor/s (if forgiven amount exceeds $600). This is called the cancellation-of-debt (COD) income.

Bankruptcy, on the other hand, is a legal declaration of the incapability to pay debts, personal or business loans. Filing for bankruptcy will, like debt settlement, also stop creditors from further attempting   payment collections or filing lawsuits to have control over your properties, have your salary garnished or levy your bank account. This also means end of calls and notices from law firms, which are intended to harass you until you decide to pay.

There are different chapters of the bankruptcy law, each designed according to a debtor’s financial situation. These include:

  • Chapter 7 – this law involves asset liquidation to enable payment of debts
  • Chapter 11 –  also known as business reorganization
  • Chapter 13 – involves debt repayment based on a three-year or five-year repayment proposal
  • Chapter 12 – which is specifically designed for families of farmers and fisherman (who own the whole or more than 50% of the farming/ fishing business) with a regular annual income
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Domestic Violence Bill in Texas

Posted by on Oct 11, 2013 in Divorce, Domestic Violence | 1 comment

The growing number of domestic violence cases in the state prompted Texas lawmakers to pass a bill that would track repeat offenders and make it available online.

The Domestic Violence Registry, presented as House Bill 21 to the Texas House of Representatives and co-authored by State Representatives Jason Villalba and Trey Martinez Fischer, has passed muster. While it may be too late for thrice-victimized family members, the registry will be a valuable resource for people who may be considering becoming involved with these offenders once it is enacted.

Domestic violence is perhaps one of the most disturbing of all offenses, because it involves inflicting pain and suffering on family members. According to the website of the BB Law Group PLLC, victims of domestic violence are primarily spouses, but children also fall prey to abusive family members. Domestic violence is defined in the Texas Family Code Section 71.004 as the threat or actual inflicting of bodily injury, physical harm, sexual assault or assault on a member of the household.  According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, in excess of 177,000 cases of domestic violence were reported in 2011. Of these 40% was directed at a spouse, 16% against a child, and 44% against other members of the household.

The registry may also be a convincing piece of evidence against the offending spouse in child custody, spousal support and protective order issues in divorce cases. It is essential that access of the offender to children in a divorce is restricted. Moreover, victims of domestic violence are dependent on the offender for their financial support, so the process of divorce would present a hardship for the family. Judges consider the fact of domestic violence in their awarding of spousal support.

Divorce cases involving domestic violence are extremely complex; there are many legal considerations when settling major issues such as child custody and spousal support in Texas. Consult with a domestic violence lawyer specializing in divorce cases to increase the chances of getting a fair and just divorce settlement.

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